Minister outlines importance of discussing cross-border data flow

Minister outlines importance of discussing cross-border data flow

Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate. (

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate, in a special interview with ANTARA, as quoted on Saturday, underlined the importance of discussing cross-border data flow during the G20 international forum.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year.

The minister deemed that the issue of data is related to three matters. For the first, data is likened to oil and thereby having a large economic value.

"Because of this, we need to manage data well," he emphasized.

Secondly, data is related to the sovereignty of a country, while thirdly, data is geostrategic in nature, which means that it can determine a country's future.

"To this end, we cannot simplify data despite the fact that the problems are very complicated," he remarked.

The complexity of data can be seen from the three mentioned issues. A country needs to manage data in order to avail economic benefits while maintaining sovereignty of data and its geostrategic nature.

There has yet to be an agreement on cross-border data flow in the world. As a result, during Japan's G20 Presidency, member countries agreed on data free flow with trust.

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Cross-border data flow necessitates accurate protocol to serve as a reference for member countries in data management.

The issue of cross-border data flow became one of the priority discussion topics in the Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG), which is part of the Indonesian G20 Presidency's Sherpa Track.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry, as the organizer of DEWG, offers four basic principles of data that can be discussed within the forum.

The first one concerns lawfulness, meaning data that flows passing the countries' borders should adhere to legal requirements.

The second revolves around the principles of justice, meaning data that flows must have this element.

The G20 focuses on inclusivity, meaning that everyone should take part. There are no winners or losers, and everyone should benefit together, Plate remarked.

For the third, data mobilization should have the elements of transparency. The minister cited consent from personal data owners in data management as an example of implementation of transparency.

Lastly, cross-border data management should be reciprocal in nature.

These principles will be brought to the discussion table to mobilize management in the world and to have one adequate protocol.

The ministry will hold the third session of DEWG in July in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.

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